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Old Time Radio Researchers GroupEscape - Single Episodes

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In the Golden Days of Radio, back in the 1930s to the 1950s, most popular radio series had a set time for going out each week. Occasionally, there might be a change in the schedule, but on the whole a consistent time-slot was something that helped build a large audience and so was something the big networks aimed to achieve.

One exception to this rule was the dramatic adventure anthology series called Escape, whose time-slot shifted an incredible eighteen times in its seven-year run from 1947 through to 1954. To make matters even worse it had a habit of coming and going and sometimes disappearing off the schedules altogether at short notice for weeks on end only to resurface weeks later in a completely different timeslot.

The quite flagrant disregard CBS paid to having a regular timeslot for Escape could make you think that it was just a run-of-the-mill series that was nothing but a lightweight filler for those times when the regular show was off-the-air, such as during the quiet summer months. In my opinion, and that of many old radio aficionados, this couldn't be further from the truth. Escape is probably the best adventure anthology ever broadcast.

Escape brings together everything that was good about old-time radio drama rolled into one. The title itself almost sums up the very essence of what radio drama is all about. Each of the episodes was a micro drama carefully planned to capture the listeners attention for thirty minutes. Over two-hundred episodes were made and almost all of them are as good today as they were over half a century ago. For the first few years the series was on air the announcement at the start of the show varied almost every week, but by the 1950s it had settled down to be the now famous:

Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you ... ESCAPE!

This may give the wrong impression as Escape was far more than a swashbuckling adventure yarn. It was a brilliantly scripted and superbly produced series that brought to listeners adaptations of classic works by famous writers as well as brand new work by unknown talent. Many of the stories were later reused by more high profile shows such as Suspense, but on the whole the Escape versions were of equal quality and sometimes more dramatically focused and atmospheric.

When Radio Life wrote "These stories all possess many times the reality that most radio writing conveys", it hit the nail on the head. This is a quality show in every way.

If you've never listened to this wonderful series it's well worth taking the time to listen to it. Whether you listen in the car on your daily commute, whilst doing the housework, relaxing in your favorite easy-chair, or snuggled up in bed - you really will be thrilled!

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OTRR Certification Information:

Series Name: Escape
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Complete
Certification Date: November 27, 2011
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 11

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This audio is part of the collection: Old Time Radio
It also belongs to collection: Radio Programs

Artist/Composer: Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Keywords: OTRR; Old Time Radio Researchers Group; Old Time Radio; OTRR Single Episodes; Escape; Anthology; Adventure; 1940s; 1950s; 1947; 1948; 1949; 1950; 1951; 1952; 1953; 1954; OTRR - 2012-02

Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States



This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

If you are interested in preserving old time radio, you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to naming requirements.

Relax, listen, and enjoy!

OTRR Definitions:

OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that is Certified Accurate indicates that all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes.

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Dead of Night (Audition) 22.4 MB 
The Man Who Would Be King (Raymond Lawrence) 27.1 MB 
Operation Fleur De Lys 27.0 MB 
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Typhoon 27.0 MB 
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Ring of Thoth 27.0 MB 
The Fourth Man (Paul Frees) 27.0 MB 
The Most Dangerous Game 27.0 MB 
A Shipment of Mute Fate (Jack Webb) 22.4 MB 
The Fall of the House of Usher 27.0 MB 
Pollack and the Porroh Man 27.0 MB 
Evening Primrose (Elliott Lewis) 27.0 MB 
The Young Man with the Cream Tarts 27.0 MB 
Casting the Runes 27.0 MB 
The Country of the Blind 27.0 MB 
Taboo 27.0 MB 
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 27.0 MB 
Wild Oranges (William Conrad) 27.0 MB 
Back for Christmas 27.0 MB 
Confession 27.0 MB 
The Second Class Passenger (national broadcast) 27.1 MB 
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Leiningen vs the Ants (national broadcast) 27.1 MB 
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Papa Benjamin (national broadcast) 27.2 MB 
Papa Benjamin (national broadcast) 27.1 MB 
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Three Good Witnesses (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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The Vanishing Lady (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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Snake Doctor (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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Ancient Sorceries (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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How Love Came to Professor Guildea (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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Escape_48-03-06_-030-_The_Grove_Of_Ashtaroth_-national_broadcast,_different_production- 26.6 MB 
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The Log of the Evening Star (national broadcast) 27.0 MB 
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Shipment of Mute Fate (Harry Bartell) 26.8 MB 
Action (Berry Kroeger) 27.0 MB 
The Brute 27.0 MB 
Escape_48-04-18_-037-_The_Drums_of_the_Fore_and_Aft_-Gil_Stratton,_Jr- 27.0 MB 
The Fourth Man (Berry Kroeger) 27.0 MB 
John Jock Todd 27.0 MB 
The Time Machine (Jeff Corey) 27.0 MB 
The Match 27.0 MB 
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Beau Geste 27.0 MB 
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A Tooth for Paul Revere 27.0 MB 
She 27.0 MB 
Habit 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Would Be King (Ben Wright) 27.1 MB 
The Man Who Would Be King (Ben Wright) 27.0 MB 
The Fugitive 27.0 MB 
SS San Pedro 27.0 MB 
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (William Conrad) 27.0 MB 
Dream of Armageddon 27.0 MB 
Evening Primrose (William Conrad) 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Could Work Miracles 27.0 MB 
The Lost Special 27.0 MB 
Orient Express 27.0 MB 
Red Wine (Jeff Chandler) 27.0 MB 
Escape_49-03-05_-058-_Conqueror's_Isle_-David_Ellis- 27.0 MB 
He Who Rides the Tiger 27.0 MB 
A Shipment of Mute Fate (John Lund) 27.0 MB 
Finger of Doom 27.0 MB 
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The Adaptive Ultimate 27.0 MB 
Escape_49-03-27_-064-_The_Diamond_as_Big_as_the_Ritz_-Sam_Edwards,_Helen_Thomas- 27.0 MB 
Confidential Agent 27.0 MB 
Escape_49-04-09_-066-_When_the_Man_Comes,_Follow_Him 27.0 MB 
The General Died at Dawn 27.0 MB 
The Great Impersonation 27.0 MB 
The Fourth Man (Wilms Herbert) 27.0 MB 
The Drums of the Fore and Aft (Ben Wright)) 27.7 MB 
Action (Joseph Kearns) 27.0 MB 
Second Class Passenger (Parley Baer) 27.1 MB 
Second Class Passenger (Parley Baer) 27.0 MB 
Leiningen Versus the Ants (Tudor Owen) 27.0 MB 
Red Wine (Willard Waterman) 27.0 MB 
Snake Doctor (Ira Grossel) 27.0 MB 
Evening Primrose (Harry Bartell) 27.3 MB 
The Fortune of Vargas 27.0 MB 
Wild Oranges (Van Heflin) 27.0 MB 
The Sure Thing (William Conrad) 27.0 MB 
Night in Havana 27.0 MB 
Night in Havana 27.0 MB 
Flood on the Goodwins (Jack Edwards) 27.0 MB 
Plunder of the Sun 27.0 MB 
Three Skeleton Key (William Conrad) 13.5 MB 
Three Skeleton Key (William Conrad) 27.0 MB 
Maracas 27.0 MB 
Letter from Jason 27.0 MB 
Command (Elliott Reed) 27.0 MB 
Border Town 27.0 MB 
Figure a Dame 27.0 MB 
Seeds of Greed 27.0 MB 
The Pistol 27.0 MB 
Vanishing Lady (Del Castillo) 27.0 MB 
The Sure Thing (Anthony Ross) 27.0 MB 
The Sure Thing (Anthony Ross) 27.0 MB 
Treasure Incorporated 13.4 MB 
Treasure Incorporated 27.0 MB 
Present Tense 27.1 MB 
Present Tense 27.0 MB 
The Outer Limit 27.0 MB 
Two If by Sea 27.0 MB 
The Red Mark 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Won the War 26.5 MB 
The Man Who Won the War 27.0 MB 
Port Royal 27.0 MB 
Three Skeleton Key (Vincent Price) 27.0 MB 
Danger at Matecumbe 27.0 MB 
Green Splotches 26.6 MB 
The Ambassador of Poker 27.0 MB 
The Golden Snake 27.4 MB 
The Shanghai Document 27.0 MB 
Something for Nothing 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Stole the Bible (Ben Wright) 27.0 MB 
The Rim of Terror 27.0 MB 
Pass to Berlin 27.0 MB 
Command (Harry Bartell) 27.0 MB 
Mars Is Heaven 27.0 MB 
Serenade for a Cobra 27.0 MB 
Sundown 27.0 MB 
Blood Bath 27.0 MB 
A Shipment of Mute Fate (David Ellis) 27.0 MB 
Shark Bait 27.0 MB 
Yellow Wake 26.9 MB 
Poison 27.0 MB 
Two Came Back 27.0 MB 
The Red Forest (Ben Wright) 27.0 MB 
The Footprint 27.0 MB 
Crossing Paris 27.0 MB 
A Sleeping Draft (John Dodsworth) 27.0 MB 
Roulette 27.0 MB 
The Power of Hammer 27.0 MB 
The Time Machine (John Dehner) 27.0 MB 
The Time Machine (John Dehner) 27.1 MB 
Seven Hours to Freedom 27.0 MB 
Earth Abides Part 1 27.4 MB 
Earth Abides Part 2 27.2 MB 
Journey into Fear 27.0 MB 
Funeral Fires 27.0 MB 
This Side of Nowhere 27.0 MB 
A Passenger to Bali 27.0 MB 
Wild Jack Rhett (John Dehner) 18.8 MB 
Wild Jack Rhett (John Dehner) 27.0 MB 
The Cave 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Could Work Miracles 27.0 MB 
The Man Who Could Work Miracles 10.1 MB 
Conquest 27.0 MB 
A Bullet for Mr Smith 27.0 MB 
A Bullet for Mr Smith 26.9 MB 
The Killer Mine 27.0 MB 
The Follower 27.0 MB 
The Island (Harry Bartell) 27.0 MB 
Macao 27.0 MB 
The Earthman 27.0 MB 
The Gladiator 27.2 MB 
Up Periscope 26.8 MB 
Rough Shoot 27.0 MB 
The Silent Horror 26.7 MB 
The Man Who Stole the Bible (Sam Pierce) 26.9 MB 
Gringo 27.0 MB 
The Price of the Head (William Conrad) 22.6 MB 
Robert of Huntingdon 25.7 MB 
The Running Man 26.6 MB 
The Return 25.7 MB 
The Return 13.5 MB 
The Return 26.3 MB 
The Loup-Garou 26.7 MB 
Incident in Quito 6.8 MB 
Incident in Quito 27.0 MB 
Four Went Home 27.2 MB 
The Man Who Liked Dickens 26.5 MB 
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A Matter of Conscience 26.1 MB 
A Matter of Conscience 26.5 MB 
Diary of a Madman 27.0 MB 
A Study in Wax 24.3 MB 
Jetsam 27.0 MB 
Wild Jack Rhett (Harry Bartell) 13.1 MB 
I Saw Myself Running 26.7 MB 
I Saw Myself Running 12.8 MB 
The Tramp 27.0 MB 
The Island (Stacy Harris) 12.8 MB 
The Island (Stacy Harris) 49.2 MB 
The Man with the Steel Teeth 27.0 MB 
Pressure 27.0 MB 
The Invader 27.0 MB 
A Sleeping Draft (Alec Harford) 27.0 MB 
Classified Secret 27.0 MB 
El Guitarrero 27.1 MB 
The Derelict 26.3 MB 
Lili and the Colonel 26.0 MB 
The Vessel of Wrath 26.9 MB 
North of Polaris 25.1 MB 
A Good Thing 27.0 MB 
The Voyages of Sinbad 27.0 MB 
Clear for Action 26.5 MB 
The Far-Away Island 26.5 MB 
A Source of Irritation 27.1 MB 
The Out Station 26.9 MB 
The Open Boat 27.0 MB 
The Notebook 27.0 MB 
The Red Forest (Tom Tully) 27.0 MB 
Three Skeleton Key (Antony Ellis) 27.0 MB 
The Thirteenth Truck 27.0 MB 
The Man from Tomorrow 26.7 MB 
The Game 26.6 MB 
Train from Oebisfelde 12.4 MB 
Train from Oebisfelde 25.9 MB 
The Abominable Snowman 26.6 MB 
The Log 26.6 MB 
The Untouchable 27.0 MB 
Zero Hour 20.9 MB 
Elementals 26.9 MB 
The Bird of Paradise 26.6 MB 
Violent Night 27.1 MB 
The Second Shot (repeat) 26.7 MB 
The Return 26.6 MB 
The Scarlet Plague 22.1 MB 
Affair at Mandrake 21.5 MB 
The Adversary 22.4 MB 
An Ordinary Man 27.0 MB 
Benscelina and the Fisherman 27.1 MB 
Bloodwaters 26.9 MB 
Judgment Day at Crippled Deer 26.1 MB 
The Dark Wall 27.0 MB 
The Birds 26.8 MB 
Eye of Evil 27.0 MB 
Flood on the Goodwins (Vic Perrin) 26.1 MB 
Night of the Guns 22.0 MB 
The Price of the Head (Hans Conreid) 27.0 MB 
The Coward 13.5 MB 
Two and Two Make Four 27.1 MB 
The King of Owanatu 26.6 MB 
The Boiling Sea 27.1 MB 
Carnival in Vienna 26.6 MB 
Carnival in Vienna 27.3 MB 
The Target 27.0 MB 
The Heart of Kali (last show) 27.3 MB 
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Reviewer: smeiz99 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 24, 2013
Subject: Great Short Story Anthology
Escape was a fill in program for the summer break of "Suspense". The style is a close relation to Suspense but the shows were mainly taken from the best of short story literature. The cast is composed of radio veterans and future TV performers. All in all a great series, worth the time investment. Some of the series best include:
* 3 Skeleton Key
* Shipment of Mute Fate
* The Country of the Blind
* Leiningen vs The Ants
* The Time Machine
* The Man That Stole The Bible

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